Planner/Journaling Freebie – January Page Marker/Bookmark

Happy New Year All!

Yay, I finally have another Page Marker/Bookmark ready for you! It is for the month of January. Yes, it is a week late for the start of the month, but for one, you all know how the holidays can be, and two, I only got home in December, so catching up around here has proved challenging, but I am well on my way to getting to where I would like to be, and being somewhat caught up.  It is my goal this month, to not only achieve some of what I have set out to do, the resolutions, and to have more timely content, but to make sure that February’s page marker/bookmark is not only on time, but hopefully early! 😉 I hope you bear with me.

This is the small size image, and click the link below for the large size. 

January Page Tab Small

As usual with anything I offer here, this is for your personal use only. You are welcome to share this with people you know, especially on social media, as long as there is a link back to this site, and do not direct link to the image please. Link to this page where they can then download.

I hope you enjoy using this. It is great for putting into planners and journals, or even Project Life layouts. This time I actually got to test out printing it, and it was pretty successful on the size. I made it so that at 100% it would fit a 5.5 by 8.5 planner as a full-page page marker/bookmark with a tab that sticks out at the top. I wanted it slightly smaller for mine, so I sized it down to 90% and I am liking how it fit. You can size it accordingly, if you have something smaller or wish it to be smaller. I recommend testing it by setting your printer to draft mode (this will save on ink while you test) and using regular paper. Then once you find a size you like, using regular color print, and using cardstock. You can even laminate it for further sturdiness and even to dry-erase write on, though since it is only really usable in this month, this year, I prefer writing right on the cardstock. But dry erase is good if your schedule changes or if you like to change around your notes, etc.

I am still working on how I am doing the layout of this printable item, but would also like/welcome feedback on what you would like to see on it. Do you like the size?  Do you think the resolution should be higher, calendar smaller/bigger, more/smaller list lines, a bigger side tab for the holes, etc.? I can only make it to others liking if they let me know what they do and don’t like. =) When I find something that really works well, I will keep the size consistent each month so that you always know what size to print them out at.

I am even considering making a perpetual Page Marker/Bookmark, but I am not sure what people would prefer. I love having the monthly and the calender geared toward each month, with holiday themes, but that is something I am flexible on, or may keep in addition to a perpetual.

Let me know what you like, and what else you would like to see.


Enjoy, and once again, Happy New Year! May this year be your best and most successful yet!

~Kat   :@

The large size version for Download Here.

Candy Cane Lane! Free Printable Journal Cards

Well, here it is, my first creation for the Christmas season! Candy Cane Lane journal cards.

Candy Cane Lane Journal Cards

Candy Cane Lane Journal Cards

Link for large size below


I make things like this for both journaling, and because I love to punch holes in them and put in my planner. Of course they are good for so many things, like albums and scrapbooks. They are free for you to print and use for personal use only.

Of course, I have a short little quip to tell you about creating these, but if you want to skip the chatter, scroll down for the download.




I started making these like a week ago, but my project here has often taken so much time, that it was a crawl to get this done. But I couldn’t wait to make something for the holiday season. I knew I wanted something pretty to put in my planner and see every time I open it up.  

So I sat down last night to finally polish it off, determined to finish. I threw some Christmas music on to listen to whilst I worked, to get me in the spirit. My beloved had come for one of his bi-monthly visits here for the weekend, to help me get through the stuff, and visit with me, until I can get back home. That alone made my night. So after he fell asleep, I worked on the cards until complete. As I listened to the Christmas music, nostalgia set in, as I reminisced about my childhood with my mother and father and brother. On one hand I felt happy and definitely in the Christmas spirit. Who can’t help but to bop their head side to side when hearing, “Holly Jolly Christmas.” But, on the other hand, there was Elvis. One of his Christmas songs came on, and I got a lump in my throat, and tears formed in my eyes.  

You see, I have not mentioned it yet, but my father passed away last month…actually it is now one month almost exact.  It happened while I was here knee deep in this muck of stuff. (Again see my peace post to get a better idea what I refer to.) My mind sadly wanders to that day last month.  Finances are rough for me, but my sweetheart and I scrambled for the funds somehow, and quickly caught a flight down south to visit my father, as I had been told he had been read last rights. The last time I spoke to my Dad, he did not let me in on how serious his condition had progressed. Well, his heart was just about done for. I knew he was on machines, and his heart was weak, but the issues had been ongoing for quite a few years, so it can be hard to tell. It had been much worse than he told me. So, here we were, trying to make it, so I could say goodbye, and well, believe it or not, so my other half could meet him for the first time (we have been together a year now, and I have been unable to afford to see my Dad.) I got ready in the wee hours of the morning, as I prepared for my flight. All the while, I kept pleading, somewhat under my breathe, to anyone or anything in the universe that would hear me…to God, to my dad, to anyone. I asked over and over, for him to hold on long enough for me to get there and tell him how much I loved him, how much he meant to me, and to hug him goodbye. I cried and pleaded.

Well, we had just arrived at our mid-point stop across country, readying to get on the next flight, which would land us near my father, when I got the call. My step-mother told me he had died about an hour or so ago. I hung up the phone and cried my eyes out, right in the middle of the airport, as passerby’s looked at me curiously, and quickly. And all my sweetheart could do, was hold me tight, until I had cried every tear I could. I was devastated.

No longer would I feel the bear hug of my six foot-five father, no longer would I smell the Captain Black scented pipe fill the room. No longer would I hear that hearty, soul-filled laugh that made everyone around him feel truly good. No longer would I hear those corny jokes. No longer could I look at that warm smile, that as a little girl, made me feel so deeply and completely happy. I can still see myself, running toward the door when Daddy got home from work, and leaping into his arms. And now, after losing my mother over ten years ago, when she was only 54, I have found myself an orphan, losing my other parent at a mere 64. It is a very lonely feeling.  

So, I sat here last night, and when the opening notes to, “If Every Day Was Just Like Christmas,” by Elvis played, in one sudden moment, I burst into tears. Elvis was my Dad’s thing. He had everything Elvis, he had every song, he saw and met impersonators, and even used to sing Elvis, in uncanny similarity, at mostly family events. Elvis will forever equate to my father, for me.  I have not really cried since I left my father’s home state, and the memorial and all. I came right back here and went straight back to work. I suppose I dove in, to ease the pain, or even try to bury it. So, since then, I have not really had much chance or time to grieve. It has been a grueling project. I am under both time and weather constraints. So, as I sat there and listened, the dam really broke open, and I cried for all that I had lost, all the world had lost in such a wonderful man. I looked over to the pipe I took with me from his home, as a memento of my father. It, for now, rests on a shelf under a lamp. As I cried, I picked it up, smelled it deeply, and held it close to my heart, as tears fell down upon it.  It, and some photos, an old plaid shirt, and my memories is all I have left of him. It was a very bittersweet and poignant moment.

Christmas, to me, has always meant family, love, and togetherness. It has always been akin to Mom and Dad. They made it so beautiful for me. It was a time of innocence and love and closeness, long before so much tragedy and pain struck my life, and sadly, both of theirs too. It was only 8 years of my early life with them, but those years mean the world to me, and I hold them dearly as long as I live.

So, now I will face my first Christmas… without both of them. It is a painful idea to grasp. But, as I wiped my eyes, and looked over at my beloved sleeping, I felt grateful, that after so many storms, and all that I had endured, to find a man so unbelievably wonderful, and with whom I share a love, that I know will last a lifetime, and then some. Sometimes, in a lifetime, if you are truly, truly lucky, you find THAT one…and you just know. So, I wiped my face, blew my nose, and smiled as I heard “Frosty” Christmas music play, and went back to work finishing these cards. You see, deep in my heart I know, it’s going to get better from here. Somehow, I believe, my storms are on their way out. So I hold on tight with faith, that not only can I endure this, as I have endured so much already, but I will be okay. If nothing else, I have learned just how strong I am. I know, I can thank my Mom and Dad for that.

Well, I just finally finished the journal cards. It feels good to be getting back into graphics and holidays again. I pretty much had given it all up for years, as I weathered my dark days.  So, if anything is not up to par yet, forgive me as I am rusty and slowly trying to reacquire my skills, now likely outdated, but that’s what “youtube” tutorial videos are for. 😉 Whatever creativity I have, I can also thank Mom and Dad for that, as they had it in spades, and I am fortunate that they passed it on to me. My mother also spent many an hour with me growing up, teaching me all she knew, and spending a lot of creative time.

One of the things that really struck me when I went to visit my father, and only got to make it for his memorial service, was a lovely addition he had made to his kitchen. My father had loved all things Christmas. It was very special to him. He had taken every beautiful Christmas card ever given to him, you know, those scenic Kinkade-like-ones, and adhered them to the front panels of his kitchen cabinets. So instead of the square panels on each door, you saw these beautiful scenes all over his kitchen. I was so grief-stricken at the time, that I did not think to take pictures, but you should have seen it. It was so lovely, and SO my Dad. He did it so beautifully. They all had very lovely scenes. It was truly breathtaking. I did not see this last time I was there, as it was years ago, and they had not been there then. So, when I think of Christmas, I think of Dad so much, even more now. And as I craft these cards, I think of him… and his smiles, laughs, jokes, and big bear hugs float through my mind.

 I know every time I see a Christmas scene of a log cabin, with pretty lights strung all around, and smoke slowly drifting out of the chimney, I will think of my father. So many warm memories I hold so very tight in my heart right now. Christmas will never be the same without him. Oh, if I could only hear his laugh one more time.




And to him:

Dad, I created these cards while I thought of you, and I dedicate them to you. I hope you are in peace, and know somehow, that I always have, and always will, love you with all my being. Goodnight Daddy, I will miss you dearly.



So, that is my story for today. And yes, I cried again while typing this. But that is okay. I know the past month I have needed that, and it will help me to move on. I have a wonderful man in my life to share my holidays with, who loves and supports me more than anyone could ever ask for. I know Dad would have loved him. So, I can smile knowing that, and for the love I have shared with my Dad while he was here.  You see, that is what makes these cards so special, is the feeling that is behind them. Even if they are not the prettiest or most incredible out there, that is okay, they come from a special place, and for that, I am pleased. =) I hope you enjoy using them, and putting them in with your own memories and stories. I share them with you, so that they may continue to be a part of what makes this season everything good that it is…Love.


I am sure I will be making other things for the holiday season, and it is my hope that I can return home in just a couple weeks. So stay tuned, I have lots of other wonderful ideas and goodies in mind for the site, and to share with you.

All my warmth and best to all of you this holiday season and always,

Kat  :@


 The above is the small size image, and click the link below for the large size.


The large size version for Download Here.



Seeing The Light…In The Dark



Thoughts of light and darkness and the contrast have been circling through my head today.  The literal and the metaphorical.  

I got to thinking about us as people having times when we are in the dark, or in the light, and what we see in ourselves. And it comes down to this, as how I see it: There is light in each one of us. Sometimes we see it, sometimes we don’t. The dark places can be lonely, but that is only because if we cannot see our own light, that is when it goes very dim.  So if we cannot see it in ourselves, then that makes it that much harder for others to see it either.  The more we shine on our own inner light, the more others will see it.  But it is only our own inner switch or dimmer that changes, not the fact that the light is already there. I hope me, you, we…let others see our own light.

Planner/Journaling Freebie – November Page Marker/Bookmark

Happy November All!  {{still hearing crickets}}

If you care not to read my ramblings, then just scroll down and grab the printable freebie I made for anyone to use, for personal use only please. But, I hope you will stay a few extra minutes and perhaps find something I say of mild interest. 😉

I have to admit, I am not only feeling a bit in a slump with writing for this week/past week, but feeling just slight discouragement at not getting any readers yet. But, mind you, this is slight. I have no intentions of giving up that easy. I always have been and always will be the fighter. 😉 I am not looking for a huge amount of readers. I am only hoping for a few steady ones, people to just share this journey with. After all, no one wants to feel alone on those journeys, especially the tough ones. I wish to grow this blog and the entire site, but I want it to be shaped by not just me, but readers. I want it to be a slightly cooperative growth. I feel like input will make it evolve so much better than I could do it alone. It seemed like an interesting experiment AND growth opportunity. But I sheepishly admit, I am not the best at networking with people, and I am only just learning how to come out of my shell. It has been a shell I definitely needed over the past few years though, not only to evolve how I have needed, but to guard myself and heal…which I also really needed. So, again, mind you, this is all a new process to me. Working with technology is not new, and neither is exploring the internet, or even working with graphics. I have done much involving those for nearly 20 years. But using all of this to actually reach out and connect with others, is very new. So forgive my process, and mostly my stumblings.

Anyway, I am of the mindset, “if you build it, they will come.” So, I will keep building. Now its important to note, this process is for me, and even if I get little to no readers, I will be sad at that, but I will continue to do this. Any readers, and any gentle guidance on my process will be very welcomed, but will not stop me from going forward. As a good friend of mine loves to say, “just keep shuffling your feet and life can’t bury you.” On that note, and my effort to continue building, I offer up something today to perhaps entice some to come in, and sit awhile, and just join me. I cannot buy you, the reader, a cup of tea, and say sit and chat with me, but perhaps you can use something I created this week. I started out making it just for me, mind you. A November Page Marker/Bookmark.

As I noted in my first post, I love to journal, and I love planners. I am trying to find a way, in my life, to blend the two nicely for me. I want my planner to eventually be the perfect combination of daily life journaling, and organization, and planning/scheduling. Some people have created lovely today/page markers, some have created wonderful bookmarks, some have made really interesting inserts etc. But I have found it tough to find at times, just what I am looking for. I wanted a today/page marker, but I also wanted a place to jot a few notes, or perhaps just noteworthy reminders for the month. I also wanted it to have a calendar. So, rather than pull out a few more hairs trying to search out exactly what I wanted, I came up with today’s offering.

This is for November, but if you like it, I will continue to do one for each month, and I am even hoping for input on how I can improve this, and tweak it to something even better. Like all things I will present on this blog, I am looking to evolve this creation with a little bit of user input. So, let’s create together, hah?

A couple notes: this marker’s dimensions are, without the tab on the top; 3 by 8.5. The tab adds about an inch or so to stick out of your planner or journal or album or whatever you like. I put the marker on an image size of about 6 by 11. This seems to be closest for those, like me, who have a planner that is 5.5 by 8.5 or roughly A5 size. But you can resize it to fit whatever planner or album etc. that you like. I just wanted to make sure the detail would be crisp enough for larger sizes as well. I also added an area on the left side that is intended to be the space where you would punch your holes. This was approximately a half an inch of space, but of course trim that area to how you like it.

I am not at home, and not near a color printer, so I cannot test it. So therefore, I welcome even more feedback as to how it comes out. I will be doing better testing when I am home. I am hoping the color comes out as I intended it. I might print out a black and white copy at my friend’s house, or go to staples or something to print a color copy. I want to be able to put it in my planner, and show you how I use it, but if anyone does use, and wants to share an image, I would be happy to post that here, or on my pinterest board.

A couple of ideas for you. You might try printing it and then having it laminated, and then you can write on it and then wipe off as you complete tasks or whatever you use it for. I can even make a more perpetual one for this very purpose, if there is enough interest. This would work nicely in any size planner, providing you adjust the size output, it could work nice in any journal, whether punched or just cut to slide into the pages. This could work nicely in a Project Life album, it could work in a scrapbook. This could even be used in a reading book. Use your imagination. But I would love to see how you use it.

I will be doing lots of things for planners and journals etc. I want to think of lots of new and interesting things to make for them. Input from you would help me evolve it into something truly useful for any of us. So please let me know what you think.

I love printables, and of course like many, my pinterest boards are loaded with them, and I hoard every printable on my computer that I can find. =) So, I hope you enjoy this and I look forward to creating more, and also looking forward to evolving those creations with others feedback.

As usual with anything I offer here, this is for your personal use only. You are welcome to share this with people you know, especially on socia media, as long as there is a link back to this site, and do not direct link to the image please. Link to this page where they can then download.

I hope you enjoy this page/today marker/bookmark, and let me know what you like about it, what you would like to see added, etc.

This is the small size image, and click the link below for the large size.


november page tab sm



The large size version for Download Here.


 Thanks for reading, and again Happy November! =)

~Kat :@


Autumn Inspiration

As a welcome gift to new readers, and because it is part of my evolution to brush up on my graphic design and keep inspired, I am sharing a new, free autumn graphic. This is one of my top five favorite sayings, it’s by Harrier Beecher Stowe, and when things get really hard, keeps me going. I have put it on a fall background so we can all get in the spirit of things. It is very large, so that you can print it up big on regular size paper if you like. Feel free to use it for personal use only. It is great for framing for the wall or mantle, as a gift for someone who needs uplifting, or just a background for your devices.

This image features my photography in the background, and my graphic design on the foreground. 

I hope you enjoy it, and join me on my journey of growth and evolution.


This is the small size image, and click the link below for the large size.

Never Give Up

Never Give Up



The large size version for Download Here

 Enjoy and Happy Autumn to all!